Lance was talking about ways to infuse stories into the classroom in innovative ways. He talked about using Rory's Story Cubes. Either roll and brainstorm about a die (what does this make you think of?), then you can add dice or use the dice as a prompt for a timed writing.
Lance said that as teachers, we always worry about "but my kids don't know the word for ___" Students will be creative to use the language they already know, especially if we teach circumlocution. I found this in Alina's class. I was trying my best to find clever ways to put the language I knew into the story. If we can train our kids away from saying "But how do you say match stick/vacuum cleaner/badger?" we will be soooo much better off in our classes.
Lance created a Clue game in Latin and uses it to teach the common house in the Roman Empire, but you could adapt it for use in many ways. In order to play you need
- 1 location (rooms of a house, school, places in a city, etc)
- 1 victim (could also be cultural like Marie Antoinette)
- 9 rooms/areas in the location
- 6 suspects (could be cultural or could be careers)
- 6 weapons
You can have kids play in two teams as a whole class. They choose a room they want to go to and you say "If you get above a 3, you're there, if not, you can't accuse"
He also showed us a magic trick using 25 words, but I was lost during that... I think you can look up Story Card Magic on Youtube? Anyone out there who could fill in this blank?